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Old 09-23-2011, 11:13 AM
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Something a little different...

I love my giant scale planes, I love my helicopters, but when a friend of mine offered me a small 2m sailplane kit to put togehter, I couldn't resist. This is an old Wanderer kit.

I built this over the course of about two weeks, and am surprised to find myself loving the way this thing soars through the air. At first I was thinking "how good could it be with only two servos?" - boy was I wrong. Catching that first thermal was breath taking, watching it climb higher and higher without any power. I flew it around for a little over half an hour without any motor inputs. Did I mention how graceful it is? It just slices through the air, calm, precise.

I never would have pegged myself as a sailplane person, but this thing has me hooked. The video below was shot with my cell phone one night when conditions were just perfect.

Wanderer Glider (3 min 30 sec)
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:34 PM
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sweet, they are a nice change of pace! Bring a lawn chair, I do!
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:47 PM
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What... Weather sucks again!!!
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Sailplanes and their pilots are the purists in the sport. Hope you have a great time
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:11 AM
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movin' on
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is it appropriate to discuss sailplanes here?
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:28 AM
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nice to see a build... a rarity nowadays
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:46 PM
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nice to see a build... a rarity nowadays
Every now and then I'll break out the C/A and glue some wood together, I must admit to getting a kick out of flying something that started out as a box of wood.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:59 PM
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That is cool. Really cool!
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I had the same experience a few years ago with the same plane! I loved to fly it! Until the day it died when my boy and his friends decided to "play" with it.
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:21 PM
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I had the same experience a few years ago with the same plane! I loved to fly it! Until the day it died when my boy and his friends decided to "play" with it.
That's awesome! (not the last part!). The kits seem to be knocking around the internet from time to time, there's always the chance that you could build another..
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